In Nigeria, $1.8 mn reward for Boko Haram leaders
Maiduguri: The Nigerian military has offered 290 million naira (USD 1.8 million) for information leading to the capture of 19 leading members of Boko Haram, an Islamist extremist group.
As per a news agency, Lt Col Sagir Musa, the spokesman of the Joint Task Force, said in a statement on Friday that the bounty for Boko Haram sect leader Abubakar Shekau is USD 312,500.
The statement says information on four other named top sect officials would earn the informant USD 156,000 each. It then listed 14 "commanders" and each had a USD 62,500 bounty.
The statement gave three phone numbers and said callers' identities would be protected.
Boko Haram, which has launched attacks on mosques, churches, schools, phone masts and government buildings, is held responsible for more than 760 deaths this year alone, according to a news agency’s count.
(With Agency inputs)